Love Hopes All Things 1 Cor 13, 6
- Love does not despair of the future. . . . This does not mean that everything will change in this life. It does involve realizing that, though things may not always turn out as we wish, God may well make crooked lines straight and draw some good from the evil we endure in this world.
- Here hope comes most fully into its own, for it embraces the certainty of life after death. Each person, with all his or her failings, is called to the fullness of life in heaven. There, fully transformed by Christ’s resurrection, every weakness, darkness and infirmity will pass away. There the person’s true being will shine forth in all its goodness and beauty. This realization helps us, amid the aggravations of this present life, to see each person from a supernatural perspective, in the light of hope, and await the fullness that he or she will receive in the heavenly kingdom, even if it is not yet visible.
Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia ("The Joy of Love") 116, 117
"Each person, with all his or her failings, is called to the fullness of life in heaven. There the person’s true being will shine forth in all its goodness and beauty." By reminding us of this, Pope Francis is providing us the hope needed to bridge the gaps between the present and the future.